On 7th November, members States of United Nations at the 67th session of UN General Assembly First committee, voted the Resolution L11 on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York at UN Headquarter. 157 voted in favour, 18 abstentions and Zero vote against. The Resolution mandates Conference on ATT to be held in March 2013. The ATT Resolution was initiated by a group of co-authors including Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Kenya and United Kingdom.
In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.
An article by IANSA woman Folade Mutota of WINAD and the Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence places the need for a strong and comprehensive ATT in the Caribbean context.
From 27-29 April members of IANSA from Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the Control Arms Campaign, are participating in a seminar on "Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations through Regional Discussions and Expertise Sharing" in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA- Burkina) launched the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence with a press release announcing the main themes and activities for the week in Burkina Faso.
As part of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, Cameroon Youth and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP), sent letters to the Minister of external Relation and the Chair of National Assembly of Cameroonian Parliament, calling for ratification of the Central African convention on Small Arms, also known as the Kinshasa Convention.
The Secretary of Government of Medellin, Colombia, Juan Felipe Palau Ángel, launched the campaign "Fair play: living without guns", supported by members of the police, military, churches, professional sportsmen and women, schoolchildren and the Department of sports and recreation.
IANSA is a global voluntary network of organisations working to stop gun violence - including policy organisations, gun control groups, women's groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, health workers, survivors, human rights and community action organisations. More